Choosing Catholic Higher Education
Whether you are a faithful practitioner of the Catholic tradition or have no affiliation, you'll find that Catholic higher education offers a unique path: delivering academic excellence, preparing students to become leaders, and exploring today’s professional responsibilities while incorporating personal responsibility for social justice.
A long tradition of academic excellence
Catholic colleges and universities are universally renowned for their academic excellence and are among the world's most prestigious learning institutions. Many Catholic institutions are cited again and again in college rankings featured in U.S. News & World Report, Barron's, Time, and Money magazines. Catholic education is synonymous with critical thinking, evaluating society's challenges, and bringing intelligence, practicality, and ethics to problem-solving. Catholic colleges foster creativity and independence: you’ll discover and develop gifts that lead you to make great contributions to society.
A holistic learning environment
In college you’re not just preparing for life — you’re living it! That’s why Catholic colleges and universities focus on developing well-rounded graduates, capable of creative problem-solving and rising to meet challenges, both inside and outside the classroom. The sense of community drives the experience, with opportunities to develop responsibility as part of service clubs, spiritual retreats, professional and social clubs, and more.
A values-oriented education
Catholic colleges and universities offer a strong foundation for fostering faith development for students coming from all faith traditions, or no faith tradition. Catholic students will find fellowship and worship opportunities through organizations, Mass offerings, and retreats. Students of other (or no) faith traditions will find a welcoming community made up of diverse perspectives. The values-oriented education that comes from conversations about faith and ethics shapes today's students into tomorrow's leaders — ethical decision-makers, committed individuals, and fully prepared respondents meeting society's increasing challenges.
The call to serve
Education for action and service is woven into the core of academics and co-curricular programs. Students are educated on issues of social justice and how to use their talents and gifts to enact change. You’ll find that the call to service is more than filler for your résumé; it is a way of life that will stay with you long after you graduate. The result is a legacy of graduates who are prepared for a happy life because they value service, community, learning and action.
Diversity of options
Catholic colleges and universities in the United States are extremely diverse, with each institution offering distinctive strengths — academically, culturally and spiritually. In choosing the right school for you, consider enrollment size; location; or academic, athletic and social offerings. You'll find women’s colleges; a historically black university; major universities with law, medical, and other professional schools; and institutions granting pontifical degrees. You might also consider the religious order of the institution and its particular mission, finding one that resonates with you.
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"At its best, Catholic education is inclusive, transformative, and offers students the opportunity to develop themselves spiritually, academically, and emotionally...Catholic education emphasizes the utilization of God's gifts for the betterment of the world in which we exist."
– Brian Troyer, Dean of Admissions, Marquette University (WI)
Featured Student Profiles
A 2022 graduate of South Park High School in Pennsylvania, Alyssa attends Duquesne University. She shared that she chose Duquesne because "class sizes are on the smaller side, which will help me build a better relationship with students."
A 2022 graduate of Pinelands Regional High School in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, Amanda attends Seattle University. "I've wanted to live in Seattle for so long," she shared.
Andrew, a 2022 graduate of Kenmore East High School in Tonawanda, New York attends University of Notre Dame. He shared "I know that I won't only receive an amazing education here, but I'll also be able to grow spiritually."
A 2022 National CCAA Transfer Scholarship recipient, Ashley attends University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. "I knew the faith community there will help me delve deeper into my faith while studying for my degree at the same time."
A 2022 National CCAA Transfer Scholarship recipient, Candace attends University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, Michigan. Many factors influenced her decision to transfer including the fact that her mother attended the school.
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Eduarda, a 2022 graduate of Everett High School in Everett, Massachusetts, will attend Emmanuel College. She shared that she chose St. Thomas for multiple reasons, including the close-to-home location and "the many opportunities that the school offers."
A 2022 graduate of Whitinsville Christian School in Massachusetts, Elizabeth attends Providence College. She shared that multiple factors played a part in her decision to enroll, including "their excellent academics and welcoming campus community."
A 2022 graduate of Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Omaha, Nebraska, Erin attends Creighton University. She chose Creighton for many reasons, including " it was close to home and shared my Catholic values."
A 2022 graduate of Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School in Queens, New York, Gabriel attends St. John's University. He says he chose St. John's "for its amazing facilities and Cyber Security major."
A 2022 graduate of St. Agnes Academy in Houston, Texas, Gabriela attends University of St. Thomas (TX). She is most excited about "meeting a community that shares in my faith and pushes me to improve academically and spiritually."
A 2022 graduate of Webber Academy in Calgary, Canada, Jane attends University of Notre Dame. She chose to attend ND because "they offer excellent academics, a strong school community, and a great religious grounding."
A 2022 National CCAA Transfer Scholarship recipient, Jillian attends Saint Martin's University in Lacey, Washington. Many factors influenced her decision to transfer including the fact that SMU's campus "just feels like home!"
A 2022 graduate of Jefferson High school in Bloomington, Minnesota, Kaylee attends Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. Many factors influenced her enrollment decision, including the fact that the campus is close to home.
Paul, a 2022 graduate of Bishop Kelly High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma attends Lewis University. He is pursuing an Aviation Flight Technology major and plays lacrosse for the Lewis Flyers.
Ruth, a 2022 graduate of Holy Family High School in Broomfield, Colorado attends DePaul University. She chose DePaul "because of the many opportunities it will provide me in the city of Chicago."
A 2022 graduate of Avon Lake High School in Avon Lake, Ohio, Sam attends
John Carroll University. He shared that he chose to enroll at JCU "because there is an element of my faith embedded in the school."
A 2022 graduate of Zurich International School in Switzerland, Sarah attends Santa Clara University. As a SCU student, she is "excited to feel part of a community in which faith, diversity, and togetherness is a top priority."
A 2022 graduate of Sage International School in Boise, Idaho, Simon attends Seattle University. He shared that he chose Seattle University for "the unique opportunities offered to business students."
A 2022 graduate of Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, Zuzia attends Creighton University. At Creighton, she is excited to experience "the faith opportunities all around campus."